By Oluwatobi Opusunju
Genevieve Nnaji is back on our screens!
The Nollywood veteran will on Friday September 7, 2018 premiere her first movie as a Director titled “Lionheart” at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).
Apart from the movie being her first directorial movie, Genevieve also stars as one of the lead actors alongside heavyweights like Pete Edochie, Nkem Owoh and Onyeka Onwenu.
The movie also stars Kanayo O Kanayo, Chika Okpala, Steve Eboh, Kalu Ikeagwu, Jemima Osunde, Yakubu Mohammed and Sani Muazu as well as rapper and singer, Phyno and Peter ‘Mr P’ Okoye.
The movie follows the old adage “family and business don’t mix” with a new spin to It as Adaeze (Genevieve Nnaji), a level-headed executive in her father’s bus company, Lionheart Transport. Time and again, Adaeze has proven her keen ability to make a profit and to manage the most heated situations.
But when her father (stalwart star Pete Edochie) falls ill, both she and her rival (Kalu Egbui Ikeagwu, boosting the marquee cast) are passed over in favour of Adaeze’s less-than-suave uncle, Godswill (Nkem Owoh, who lights up the screen with his comic presence).
Determined to fight her way to the top, but not wanting to go against her father’s wishes, Adaeze feels like the proverbial bus has left the station without her. She must quickly shift gears, however, when she and Godswill discover that Lionheart is running on fumes, financially. Together, the unlikely duo must come together to save the company and their family name.
Sharply and comically observed, Nnaji’s film deals with the everyday sexism that saturates workplaces everywhere, and captures the delicate balance between honouring one’s family while finding the courage to strike out on one’s own.
The 95-minute long movie written by C.J Fiery Obasi based on a screenplay by Ishaya Bako and Emil Garba.
TIFF is scheduled to take place from the 6th to the 16th of September 2018.
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